Green Business of the Year

Recycle Utah recognized three local businesses for their outstanding efforts in sustainability at their January 8th Green Drinks hosted by Alpine Distilling.

Five businesses were nominated for the second Green Business Awards and winners were chosen by a panel of judges who are highly involved in sustainability in Summit County. The five nominees were; Christian Center of Park City, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Twisted Fern and Riverhorse on Main. 

Mary Closser, Education Director for Recycle Utah says the businesses nominated ranged in size and type but, “They were all chosen based on their dedication and desire to protect our planet,” Closser said. “Green Businesses are in the program because they want to do better. The nominees were recognized for their commitment, innovation and follow-through with their sustainable goals.”

Riverhorse on Main won the Zest for Zero Award for their creativity and commitment to making sustainable changes. The restaurant industry can have a huge footprint, and Riverhorse is working on decreasing their impact in a variety of ways. In the last year they expanded their recycling programs, switched to compostable straws that are available only upon request and compost almost 200 pounds a week. They also have changed their shift start and end times to make carpooling, taking the bus or biking more convenient for their employees. 

Green Business of the Year was awarded to the Christian Center of Park City for the big strides they have made over the last two years. As they have renovated their building they have also renovated their sustainability practices. “They’ve worked hard to educate staff and public about recycling and separating materials with a special focus on textiles, electronics, metals and plastics,” Closser said. “They send roughly 4,000 pounds of excess clothing to other countries instead of the landfill every week.” Richard Breitenbeker received the award on behalf of the Christian Center. “We strive to connect community and meet needs, and we must receive and share the generosity of our community to do that,” Brieitenbeker said. “That also places on us a responsibility to make that community sustainable. We’re grateful to Recycle Utah for their support and enabling so much of our work.”

In addition to the judge selected awards, Recycle Utah, introduced the People’s Choice Award. All 75 Green Businesses were eligible, and the winner was determined by popular vote open to all community members. The first ever winner of the People’s Choice Award was Deer Valley Resort. “With a commitment to excellence in everything they do, including our environment, they have picked up steam with waste management, and most importantly education to staff and customers,” said Closser.

The Green Business program is open to all Summit County businesses as a resource for sustainable business practices. “Recycle Utah continues to be an inspiration to residents, not just in Park City but to surrounding communities. I cannot express enough what a tremendous resource Recycle Utah is to Deer Valley’s Green Team,” said Julie Schultz of Deer Valley. Is your business interested in Recycle Utah’s Green Business program? Email Mary at

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